We all know the Trinity defines God as three divine persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Three persons are distinct yet coexist in unity, and are co-equal, co-eternal and consubstantial.
But did you know there is a culinary trinity as well. Basically this can be defined as a mirepoix, three ingredients used in roughly equal quantities. In the culinary world there are many types of trinities: the Cajun and Louisiana Creole is a mix of onions, bell peppers and celery. In French cooking it is a mix of onions, celery and carrots. In Greek cooking it is a mix of lemon juice, olive oil and oregano. In Korean cooking is a mix of garlic, ginseng and kimchi. In Chinese cooking it is a mix of spring onions, ginger and garlic. In Italian cooking is a mix of onions, bell peppers and carrots. And in Spanish cooking it is a mix of tomatoes, onions and garlic.
On this edition of Our Daily Bread, host Father Paul Seil (left) is in in the kitchen with Father Peter Drilling (right), Professor of Systematic Theology and Pastoral Studies and President-Rector at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. Father Peter is the author of Pre-modern Faith in a Postmodern Culture: A Contemporary Theology of the Trinity, and Trinity and Ministry. He has also published many Papers on the Trinity.
“Father Peter was one of my professors when I attended the seminary,” comments Father Seil. “He has a great way of taking very heady topics and presenting them so that the average listener, such as myself, can understand the mysteries a little better. Father Drilling has a great respect for the theological teaching of Father Bernard Lonergan, the late theologian. Fr. Peter is making his second appearance on Our Daily Bread, the first time he made Bruschetta. This time he really shed some light on the mystery of the Trinity while I did the cooking!”
On the menu today: One Chicken prepared with three different culinary trinities, French, Spanish and Cajun.
Tune in to Our Daily Bread on Saturday July 13, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. and Noon, on WKBW-TV/Channel 7, for a lesson on the Trinity. And remember to visit the recipe section of this site for all the day’s dishes.